Did you listen to Thanos and stay silent for the Russo Brothers? Did you stay true to the fandom of millions for over a decade and #DontSpoilTheEndgame? Did you bare witness to the concluding chapter of The Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame? How’s that box of tissues you brought with you holding up? Endgame has now officially been unleashed the world, and so far there hasn’t been one bad review. It currently has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
A film of this magnitude has never been done before. A conclusion to ten years’ worth of interconnecting movies and television shows. For the most part, Avengers: Endgame does everything it sets out to do and provides the blockbuster that fans have been salivating for since the film was first announced. For the first time in nearly ten years, there is no clear-cut future for the MCU announced.
Other than Spiderman: Far From Home, which closes out The Infinity Saga and several other films that have been announced, there is no clear cut “endgame” for the next few Phases of the MCU. With Disney now owning all of their X-Men and Fantastic Four characters, they’re going to be factored into plans somewhere. But what happens next, until Kevin Feige announces something after Far From Home, is anyone’s guess. Here are 30 Crazy Fan Theories About The MCU After Avengers: Endgame. By the way, it should go without saying, if you haven’t seen Endgame, then this article is dark and full of spoilers.
30 The Eternals
One of the films that has been set in stone and is in some form of production right now is The Eternals. The incomparable Angelina Jolie is signed on to star, and she is set to play Sersi. The group is an offshoot of humanity created by the Celestials to do battle with the Deviants.
With the Eternals living since way before the MCU began, there’s room for all kinds of cameos in this movie. Little is known of the story, but with so many Elementals masquerading as all kinds of humans, including even a Mexican Luchador, Disney can take this in any direction imaginable.
29 Nightmare In Doctor Strange 2
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been all over the galaxy, resurrected deceased characters, and even fought battles across time and through dimensions. What hasn’t happened in 22 films? Battles across dreamscapes.
That could theoretically happen in the next Doctor Strange adventure. He could face Nightmare. While it does seem like the movie is set to feature Mordo as the lead villain, director Scott Derrickson has expressed a lot of interest in bringing the master of the Dream Dimension to the screen. Whether it’s part two or three, were bound to see him sooner or later. Perhaps his Nightmare’s other enemy as well – Ghost Rider.
28 Thor In Guardians Volume 3
We saw a budding friendship between Thor, Rocket, and Groot in Infinity War. By the end of Endgame, the demigod left Asgard in the ruling hands of Valkyrie and decided he would traverse the stars with the Guardians Of The Galaxy. With James Gunn back in the family and Guardians Vol. 3 back in full swing, Thor needs to be a part of the proceedings.
Chris Hemsworth showed real comedic chops in Ragnarok, and Infinity War. He should be able to more than hold his own matching banter with Chris Pratt and Batista. It could also be very beneficial to the ragtag team to have some true muscle behind it.
27 The Fantastic Four
If you include the Roger Corman ashcan Fantastic Four, there have been four less-than-fantastic films featuring Marvel’s first family. At least for three of them, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong.
But it’s time for Kevin Feige to sprinkle some of the MCU dust that worked for bringing Spidey back into the fold and use it on the Fantastic Four. As far as expanding the MCU goes, an FF film would add the Baxter Building into the New York skyline and introduce Dr. Doom and the kingdom of Latveria into the fold.
26 The Coming Of Galactus
Just like The Rise Of The Silver Surfer tried to do, Norrin Radd and the planet eater, Galan should make their MCU debut in much the same fashion. “The Coming Of The Galactus,” besides introducing these two and the Watcher into the MCU, two of the most popular characters deserve much better treatment than the much-maligned FF sequel gave them.
The one thing that shouldn’t change though is the voice of the Silver Surfer. Lawrence Fishburne was the perfect choice for the role.
25 Avengers Vs. X-Men
While Captain America: Civil War was a benchmark film for the MCU, the real be between the Avengers and the X-Men. The Mutant have always been against registration acts, so they certainly wouldn’t like the Sokovia Accords. Nor would they appreciate the Avengers coming for Phoenix.
Even with all of their characters at their full disclosure, Marvel would have to change some story points (you’d have a 73-hour long movie otherwise), getting these two massive families of teams together will be an epic war reserved for the likes of Game Of Thrones and Lord Of The Rings.
24 Falcon Will Become Captain America
Sam Wilson has been nothing short of loyal to Steve Rogers since they say they first met, before the events of Winter Soldier. For his loyalty, he hasn’t gotten a whole lot. Sometimes, a man and his ideals are worth following into the breach – Rogers IS Captain America, after all.
Or at least he was. Cap retired into time to be with Peggy and as an old man left his shield to Sam. Hopefully the new Disney + series, Winter Soldier And Falcon will focus on Sam’s journey to becoming the new Captain America.
23 Namor: The Sub-Mariner
As Marvel’s first mutant and one of its first heroes, Namor the Sub-Mariner has had a long sordid history throughout the Marvel Universe. He’s crossed paths with just about everyone and as ruler of the Kingdom Of Atlantis, his story could paint him as a hero or a villain. Rumors are abounding that Scott Derrickson wants to feature him in the next Doctor Strange flick.
But one of the issues with bringing Namor into the MCU is that A. to the outside world, Namor is essentially Aquaman (which Marvel could easily get around), and B. Universal Studios, much like with the Hulk, still owns distribution rights.
22 Thanos Will Reappear
If Josh Brolin as the Mad Titan Thanos, then the past two Avengers movie tank and everything the MCU worked towards would have been for not. Thankfully, between his portrayal of Cable in Deadpool, and his portrayal of the Eternal, Thanos, were both standouts. We should still be seeing Brolin in the MCU in some form or another.
You did read that correctly – Thanos is also one of the Eternals, at least in the comic books. Should writers Matthew and Ryan Firpo use that route, Thanos could conceivably show up in some form or another in the upcoming Eternals movie.
21 Secret Invasion
The preeminent alien race of the Marvel Universe, the Skrulls finally made their appearance in Captain Marvel. They’ve been bothering the likes of the Fantastic Four for years. More recently though, it was revealed that they’ve been plotting a takeover of our world, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers-style; by replacing many of our heroes with Skrull imposters.
Should the MCU take this route and adapt The Secret Invasion, the MCU would be shaken to its core; eventually putting Norman Osborn in power and setting up an even more fractured MCU than Civil War did.
The MCU got its first dose of the Nova Corps in Guardians Of The Galaxy. After that, it was merely mentioned that Thanos and his Outriders destroyed all of Xandar, the homeworld of the Corps right before Infinity War began. But someone out there in the cosmos must have gotten away, or maybe they weren’t even on Nova Prime at the time of its destruction.
In the books, Rohmann Dey (played in Guardians by Peter Serafinowicz) gives the Nova Force to high school kid, Richard Rider as he is perishing. It’s up to Rider to figure out how to use it. The origin is a cross between Captain Marvel, Spiderman, and Green Lantern; it might need be to adjusted to make the story unique. But Marvel has had the golden touch thus far, it stands to reason Nova would be a solid addition to the next phase of Marvel heroes.
19 Shuri Or Harley As The New Armored Avenger
There had to have been a reason that Ty Simpkins showed up at Tony Stark’s funeral besides seeing Harley in a brief cameo. Maybe he can use his own technical know-how to not only keep Stark Industries going but perhaps become the armored Avenger himself.
He’ll need a someone with an even grander understanding of technology to help him, which could be where Shuri comes into play here when she’s not taking part in Black Panther 2. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly stayed she is a little too old to be donning the armor. Maybe Shuri could become Rescue.
18 All Female Avengers Movie
Female empowerment has taken the world by storm more than ever these days. Recently, the women main-evented WrestleMania. That might not mean a lot to some readers, but it’s a huge deal. With strong characters like Captain Marvel and Black Widow running around, the time is now for an all-girls Avengers movie.
Imagine Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, and maybe some new female costumed Avengers taking center stage. If Marvel is serious about courting more female fans, this needs to be a big part of Phase 4.
17 Thanos Working For Mephisto
One of the more popular theories creeping around right now is that Thanos was either not working alone or he was working for someone else. If the Mad Titan was merely trying to court Lady Demise as he does in the comic books, then Mephisto might be the best person to help him end everyone, née half of everyone.
With these two working together, there would have be a falling out. Perhaps when Thanos finds out that Mephisto is using the pile of bodies Thanos creates just to make himself more powerful, there’d be a brief fight showcasing Mephisto’s power. Introducing Mephisto means introducing Satan into the MCU – whose more powerful than the dark lord himself?
16 More Shows On Disney +
In November 2019, Disney will release its streaming platform, Disney + for purchase. Besides having a super competitive price point, fans will be able to binge watch all of The Infinity Saga, and a whole lot more from the Mouse House. Several Marvel shows have already been announced.
As it stands right now, the current and past MCU TV shows are connected with the films, but they still feel separate for one reason or another. With their own production house fully open, Marvel can truly have a 100% interconnected universe between their shows and their films.
In 2018, Kevin Feige announced that Shang-Chi, The Master Of Kung Fu will be part of the next era of Marvel movies. David Callaham (The Expendables, Ant-Man) is currently writing the movie and Destin Cretton, an acclaimed short film director is poised to direct the film.
With still no details on how Shang-Chi or his evil father, Zheng Zhu will be introduced, anyone’s guess is good enough. Perhaps Jessica Henwick will reprise her role as Colleen Wing. A more fanciful thought – the debut of the dragon, Fin Fang Foom.
14 RDJ Is Done?
The entire MCU started with Iron Man, rebranding respected actor, Robert Downey Jr as a bonafide action star. RDJ became the leading force behind the entire MCU and has been a part of ten of the 22 MCU movies; nine of which he is a driving factor of. Filling his shoes is going to be rough work.
While superheroes seldom stay gone, RDJ isn’t getting any older, with all due respect. Between then and Endgame feeling like the end of Tony’s ten-year arc, it might be a safe bet to say RDJ is done with the MCU and Iron Man is as well, for the foreseeable future.
13 The Black Knight Will Debut
While he might not be a household name now, Dane Whitman, the Black Knight is poised to become one sooner or later in the MCU. Eagle-eyed fans believe that he might have already been introduced. The Quantum Realm depicted in Ant-Man And The Wasp might have been housing a hidden city.
For some truly wide expansion of the MCU, The Black Knight is also the leader of a team, Ultra Force. That team contains several members of Marvel’s Malibu imprint.
12 Adam Warlock In Guardians 3
In one of Guardians Vol. 2’s post-credit scenes, we saw a cocoon in the lair of the Sovereign. It was a tease of Adam Warlock. In the comic books, he is an integral part of The Infinity Saga. He also is the keeper of the Soul Stone. James Gunn wanted to use the character but realized he had too many characters in the flick and put Adam back in his cocoon.
With Warlock usually connected to the stones in some way or another, it will be interesting to see how he makes his MCU debut, in theory in Guardians Vol. 3. Perhaps the Infinity Watch will become a team.
11 Monica Rambeau = Photon
About a month before Endgame, just like the MCU does in that movie, we time-traveled back to the nineties to meet Captain Marvel. We also met Monica Rambeau, a young preteen who idolized her mother and her “Aunt Carol.”
Fast forward about a decade or so, and Monica would be around 25 years old. That puts her in prime position to become Photon. Considering that was her mom’s call sign, Monica would certainly take up that mantle.
10 There Will Be A Young Avengers
From the moment the Endgame trailer dropped, fans jaws hit the floor when there was a scene involving Hawkeye teaching a young girl how to show a bow. Kate Bishop would be introduced. But the young girl in the trailer is actually his daughter, not the young girl who takes Clint’s mantle.
However, she will be the focus of the untitled Disney + series. Between this and Cassie Lang’s desire to follow in her dad’s footsteps as Ant-Man, we’re bound to get The Young Avengers at some point.
9 Blade Will Return (So Will Wesley Snipes)
It’s hard to think of a world where the MCU didn’t exist yet. But in 1998, we still only had one Punisher movie and that was it. Wesley Snipes and writer David Goyer were able to bring Blade to the big screen for three successful movies, all had been released before Iron Man.
The Sony MCU is currently developing a Morbius movie, starring Jared Leto. Snipes has been working on rehabbing his career. Putting the fangs back on, this time for a new MCU adventure would certainly be the best thing for him. Considering Snipes and Feige have had several conversations over the years, it’s not a matter of if Snipes comes in, it’s when.
8 Dark Avengers
Several months ago, it was reported that Marvel had commissioned a Dark Avengers script. From the ashes of The Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn, as the new head of a reformed S.H.I.E.L.D. called H.A.M.M.E.R. If done like the comic book counterpart, the team could introduce a lot of villains and other anti-heroes into the MCU.
The original roster included the Greek God of War, Ares, the substance-addled Sentry, a new Captain Marvel, Scorpion became Spiderman, Bullseye became Hawkeye, Wolverine’s son Daken took over that role as well. Rounding out the team was the egomaniacal Osborn as the Iron Patriot.
7 Moon Knight
As one of the more popular fringe characters that exist in the Marvel Universe, fans have been clamoring for a Moon Knight movie since long before Disney acquired the brand. The character may or may not have been hinted at in both Winter Solider and Civil War. Christopher Markus (Endgame) has expressed interest in penning a solo film.
Marc Spector is a little bit darker than his Avenger counterparts. It will be interesting to see if the MCU tones the violence and context down. Or, if we’ll have a Marvel Knights-level hero finally on the big screen.
6 Disney Finishes Acquiring Marvel Characters
Disney has shown they were actually willing to play ball when they partnered up with Sony to bring Spider-Man home to the MCU. Since they've acquired 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios can now use all of their Mutants and the Fantastic Four. All that’s left are the characters of Namor, Hulk, and their respective supporting characters.
They still don’t actually own Spider-Man either, but at least Sony is willing to play ball and make some money. As long the MCU keeps churning out unspeakable amounts of money, combined with the acquisitions that Disney certainly would try to do, look for the Mouse House to reach out and bring all of the Marvel characters back under one roof.
5 Reviving Deathlok
Marvel’s resident cyborg, Deathlok has been shopped around Hollywood since at least 1990. But never being able to get off the ground allowed Marvel to use the character in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. J. August Richards played Mike Peterson, the man-turned-machine into a real superhero.
There is even a hashtag #RichardsForDeathlok that fans have set up to show support for Peterson’s performance. Fans (and Peterson) don’t want Marvel pulling a DC and casting a different actor to play the big screen version. But with all of the new Marvel shows coming, if the call is made for Deathlok, Peterson is all set to answer.
4 Captain Marvel Will Be Recast?
Kevin Feige has said that Captain Marvel features heavily into the future of the MCU. But the real question is – will Brie Larson keep on flying higher or has her watch ended? Rumors have crept up that Larson isn’t well liked by some of her fellow Avengers and they don’t feel she has the jam to be able to carry the MCU on her back.
There hasn’t been any official statement, but ten years of camaraderie between actors and now rumors are swirling around the “new kid at school,” whether they’re true or not, Larson needs to be willing to play nice or we might have a new Captain Marvel cast.
3 More Man Without Fear
When Marvel and Netflix teamed up for some harder-edged Marvel entertainment, no one expected that Daredevil be quite the standout that it was. Nobody that is, except fans of the Guardian Devil. Charlie Cox turned in one heck of a performance across three seasons and a Defenders show. The rest of the cast did too, if you’re not already scared of Vincent D’Onofrio, watch him as Kingpin - you will be.
If anyone of the Netflix shows deserves a shot at the silver screen, it’s The Man Without Fear.
2 Kang The Conqueror
Now that time-travel exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we need to talk about the time-traveling villain, Kang The Conqueror. He’d actually be a pretty good “final boss” of whatever the next Phases of the MCU bring. Nathaniel Richards, a 31st century descendant of Reed travels back in time to meet Ramu-Tut, a man trying to claim En Sabbah Nur, the first Mutant as his heir.
Tut eventually becomes Kang and has been terrorizing the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and the X-Men all across time ever since. After the AvX war, they would have to find common ground to unite against Kang.
1 Captain Marvel Will Lead The Avengers
Iron Man’s deceased. Captain America is retired. Thor is off galavanting with the (As)Guardians Of The Galaxy. The most elite super-team ever assembled has been reduced to vets like Banner, Ant-Man, and Rhodey. None of those guys scream “leader of the Avengers.”
That puts the team squarely in the hands of Captain Marvel to lead them. With the behind-the-scenes initiative of more female and more diversity, clearly, Carol Danvers factors in greatly with this plan. By the time there’s an Avengers 5 even murmured about, Captain Marvel should be firmly entrenched in leading the team.